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The Final Minute

by Simon Kernick

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Final Minute

An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and she is helped by a male live-in nurse. A psychotherapist visits twice weekly. Matt has a vague feeling he is not the person everyone believes him to be. Then the sister and nurse are murdered and the tale really heats up. Good, strong characters and interconnecting plots with plenty of twists and turns make this first-rate stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Sarah Broadhurst

The Final Minute Synopsis

Featuring Simon Kernick's maverick detective, Tina Boyd, this is the gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and Stay Alive. 'It's night, and I'm in a strange house. The lights are on, and I'm standing outside a half-open door. Feeling a terrible sense of forboding, I walk slowly inside. And then I see her. A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed. She's dead. There's blood everywhere. And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me...' A traumatic car-crash. A man with no memory, haunted by nightmares. When the past comes calling in the most terrifying way imaginable, Matt Barron is forced to turn to the one person who can help. Ex Met cop, turned private detective, Tina Boyd. Soon they are both on the run...

The Final Minute Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Lisa Lamb - 'A heart-thumping, lightning fast moving, twisty turny storyline. A brilliant first Simon Kernick but most definitely will not be my last!'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'Gripping from the start, where it instantly became impossible to know the “goodies” from the “baddies”, this was a usual gripping Simon Kernick read.'
  • Ian Harvey-Brown - 'Lots of action, lots of tension, lots of spills. Heart stopping read from page one!'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'This story will have your heart racing wondering what is going to happen next.'
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'A well-paced thriller from a gifted author.  A different slant on a simple enough theme - who do you believe? Getting to the truth is a dangerous task so, is it worth your life?'
  • Michelle Hodson - 'I read this book in super quick time.  The reason?  I could not put it down. Brilliant thriller featuring the inimitable Tina Boyd and Matt Barron, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake!'
  • Judith Curtis - 'If you enjoy reading thrillers with fast paced, complex plots and plenty of suspense, books by Lee Child and James Bond movies, then you will love The Final Minute by Simon Kernick.'
  • Sue Andrews - 'A real page turner.'
  • Suzanne Bellingham - 'Another excellent gritty, fast paced thriller from Simon Kernick featuring Tina Boyd.'
  • George Willmett - 'Matt Barron is recovering in rural Wales after suffering amnesia following an accident...Can he find out who he really is? Fast paced and all action as you would expect from Simon Kernick.'
  • David Gay - 'Not one of Kernick's best but it holds the promise of more to come.'
  • Michelle McKernan - 'A brilliant book that I couldn’t put down. This is the first book of Simon Kernick’s that I have read but I will be tracking down his previous ones now as it was that good.'

The Good Book Guide Review

Kernick has long been recognised for energising the British thriller. Books such as The Business of Dying, the first in his bestselling sequence of London-based novels, are crammed full of fresh and original touches, and The Final Minute continues the trajectory. The troubled protagonist, Matt, has a tangled past which is revealed as the book progresses – his amnesia having wiped out his memory. Tina, a former detective on one of the Met’s Murder Investigation Teams, is an ally – one he sorely needs.

The Final Minute Press Reviews

'Another accomplished race against time with a delightfully morally ambiguous hero.' Sunday Mirror


'Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!' Harlan Coben

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099579137
Publication date: 21/05/2015
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780890777
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099579137
Publication date: 21st May 2015
Author: Simon Kernick
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick was our Guest Editor in February 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, and his big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which became the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand ...

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